Trust me on this! These Blueberry Chia Oat Bars are delicious! Nothing but clean, healthy ingredients to create the perfect little sweet treat. Vegan, refined-sugar free and no butter. It’s a must make!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means I am currently looking for new snacks to take on our long road trip home to Dallas. I always like to fill the car with healthy foods so that we are not tempted to grab a candy bar or salty chips along the way. Another benefit to packing snacks is that we spend less time stopping to get something to eat. I hate making a long trip even longer by stopping too many times. I just want to get there as quickly as possible.
As I was contemplating what to prepare for the trip, I knew I wanted to pack a little something sweet. While I always make sure to pack veggies and fruit, it’s nice to have a good option for when that sugar craving hits. This healthy oat bar, full of blueberries and topped with a yummy crumble, tastes like your biting into a blueberry pie. They are a healthy wholegrain snack for both adults and kids containing the goodness of fruit and oats. It’s the perfect addition to lunchboxes or on a long road trip.
I start off by using my Raspberry Chia Seed Jam recipe, but replacing the raspberries with blueberries. It’s an easy recipe that will give you amazing homemade jam in less than 15 minutes. Plus, once you are done with my oat bar recipe, you can use the extra jam for your morning toast!
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mash 3 bananas with a potato masher or fork. Add in 2 cups of oats, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Take approximately 3/4 of the banana, oat mixture and pour into a 9×9 prepared baking dish. Next, pour your desired amount of Blueberry Chia Seed Jam onto the mixture. Leaving 1/2 inch around the edge. (If you have extra jam, keep it in your refrigerator for toast or pb&j sandwiches).
Crumble the remaining amount of the banana, oat mixture over the top and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
Make sure to let everything cool before you cut it into squares.
This road trip will be a new experience for us with a 4 month old and a dog in the car. I’m used to being able to go as long as we want, alternating drivers, and not worrying about feeding another person. I have no idea what to expect…any road trip tips from parents out there? I’m all ears!